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    10-19-2020, 03:42 PM
    clear replied to a thread Nut and Saddle Replacement in Uke Talk
    @Kenn218 If you call Kamaka, please post what you find out. Here's a photo of the underside of a new Kamaka saddle. It appears to be synthetic;...
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    10-19-2020, 12:51 PM
    clear replied to a thread Stands, Hangers, Wall Cases in Uke Talk
    My wall hangers were originally purchased for guitars, and they work ukes by hanging the ukes up side down. It might look a bit strange, but I find...
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    10-17-2020, 11:10 AM
    Sorry, no. The group never formed as there wasn't any interest. Now I'm back into guitars so I don't play the ukulele as much. I really wish...
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    10-17-2020, 10:57 AM
    I recommend you wait a week or so before any changes. That'll give your uke and strings time to settle in.
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    10-17-2020, 09:56 AM
    clear replied to a thread Uke Selling in Uke Talk
    I always ask "why are you selling it?" unless the seller has stated it already; but I don't ask "is there anything wrong with it?" I expect the...
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    10-17-2020, 09:36 AM
    clear replied to a thread Paying Import Duty in Uke Talk
    @Arcy, thanks for the info. I've never thought that there's a price cutoff. Interesting. There are sellers that claim to never require import...
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    10-17-2020, 09:31 AM
    clear replied to a thread Paying Import Duty in Uke Talk
    If you buy enough, you'll see this once a while. The first time hurts a lot; it is useless to fight it.
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    10-17-2020, 09:29 AM
    clear replied to a thread Paying Import Duty in Uke Talk
    It's weird. Sometimes we have to pay import duties and sometimes we don't. I used to buy a lot from Europe and Asia; whenever there's a delay, I...
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    10-17-2020, 09:09 AM
    I guess you have one more question in the thread's subject line. Yes, it can affect the acoustic sound, but usually not. However, if it does, it is...
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    10-17-2020, 09:06 AM
    Down side? Yes, extra cost, extra weight, extra parts to break and rattle. Stay away? Yes, since you aren't planning to ever use it.
    6 replies | 188 view(s)
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    10-17-2020, 08:54 AM
    clear replied to a thread Confused about Humidity in Uke Talk
    I think AC reduces humidity because when I turn it on, I feel less sticky. Cold air holds less water than warm air. So, if AC increases humidity,...
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    10-16-2020, 02:42 PM
    clear replied to a thread Nut width in Uke Talk
    Which model do you have?
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    10-16-2020, 02:40 PM
    clear replied to a thread Nut width in Uke Talk
    Perhaps you tried a classical guitar? They have flat fretboards and abnormally high actions. Plus, you need scary fingernails to really play them....
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    10-16-2020, 01:41 PM
    clear replied to a thread Nut width in Uke Talk
    Besides nut width and space there, there's also differences in string spacing at the bridge.
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    10-16-2020, 08:11 AM
    clear replied to a thread Confused about Humidity in Uke Talk
    I remember reading that optimal humidity is 50% and factories are kept at around that level. Their recommended storage is 40-60%. Solid ukes from...
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    10-16-2020, 07:25 AM
    clear replied to a thread Uke Selling in Uke Talk
    I think having a reason for selling is a good thing because that's the #1 question on the buyer's mind. "Why are you selling it?" The best answer is...
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    10-16-2020, 07:10 AM
    Ah! A blast from the past! I've now changed my choice. I will buy the Kamaka HF-1 again. Currently, I have a strong preference for the standard...
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    10-16-2020, 07:06 AM
    I like the sound and touch of my Kamaka a lot, so I don't have any reason to switch from factory strings. The strings feel slinky, which I like....
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    10-16-2020, 06:24 AM
    clear replied to a thread Confused about Humidity in Uke Talk
    An instrument that's in a too humid environment can have mold and wood swelling, which can be just as bad as effects of too dry environment. I can't...
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    10-15-2020, 03:23 PM
    clear replied to a thread Different Styles of Cutaway in Uke Talk
    I probably should mention that Taylor company is know for good marketing and their guitars are known for having cutaways... so the info may be...
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    10-15-2020, 03:20 PM
    clear replied to a thread Different Styles of Cutaway in Uke Talk
    The one with the least top removed. From Taylor Guitars: One common question is whether a cutaway diminishes the tonal output of an acoustic...
    9 replies | 414 view(s)
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    10-12-2020, 08:48 AM
    clear replied to a thread Kala Brand Clearance in Buying Tips
    I see that they still have the KA-SSTU-S at $125 https://kalabrand.com/collections/clearance/products/ka-sstu-s This is a nice little soprano...
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    10-12-2020, 08:37 AM
    Hmmm, this thread isn't about owning just 1 ukulele; it is about playing one particular uke often. I can be totally happy and satisfied with...
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    10-11-2020, 02:50 PM
    I playing pretty much only sopranos. The tone has the same brilliance up the fretboard; but sustain is, of course, decreased due to shorter string....
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    10-07-2020, 11:29 AM
    clear replied to a thread Hurting fingers in Ukulele Beginners
    Finger tips hurting is OK; finger everywhere else hurting is not OK.
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    10-07-2020, 11:28 AM
    clear replied to a thread Ukulele twisting in Ukulele Beginners
    This is not common. Are you looking at the fretboard? My son used to twist the ukulele because he wanted to see the fretboard when changing...
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    10-07-2020, 11:21 AM
    I think the best size is a soprano for its shorter scale length: there's less stretching for the smaller hand and the tiny finger tips shouldn't mind...
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    10-05-2020, 03:04 PM
    clear replied to a thread Lower sounding ukes in Buying Tips
    If you're just playing by yourself, you can tune it to whatever you want, then relatively tune the rest of the strings. Yes, you can just play the...
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    10-05-2020, 01:25 PM
    clear replied to a thread Lower sounding ukes in Buying Tips
    You can tune your strings lower.
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    10-05-2020, 10:36 AM
    I read that koa density is not very consistent, so koa instruments must be more carefully made. I'm wondering if the above (what I read) is true. ...
    16 replies | 532 view(s)
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